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Great Lakes A School Q&A


Great Lakes A School Q&A

The purpose of this group is to allow family of new sailors assigned to school at Training Support Center Great Lakes a chance to voice questions to a Student Division Commander

Location: Great Lakes, IL
Members: 1971
Latest Activity: 4 hours ago

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Week by week

Started by Jeannette. Last reply by Anti M Jul 8. 1 Reply


Started by chrissyd. Last reply by Lovely_SailorsWife Jun 20. 1 Reply

GL A school-what can they bring?

Started by ooroche. Last reply by Jstbear Jun 11. 10 Replies

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Comment by Anti M 4 hours ago

Ic begins with ATT (advance technical training, like a prep school) which is 9 weeks, and then IC A school which is 13 weeks.  Expect some delays and hold time while they wait to class up.  Plus there is a week or so of "indoc" as they learn base policies.  C schools vary so much I can't give you any estimate.  

The IC success rate is pretty good.  If he has trouble, he;ll go on mandatory study.  The Navy wants them to succeed.  And if he does not, well, he's still in the Navy, just doing something else.

Comment by Tamara in Florida 7 hours ago
My son's PIR date is this Friday! He will be staying in GL for A school and C school. He's an IC. Any info in how long these schools are and how successful most ICs are would be appreciated. I'm a first time Navy mom so I'm pretty clueless.
Comment by donnab yesterday

Coming to Great Lakes to visit my son. the Navy Lodge is booked does anyone know of a hotel near the base that is nice to stay in? (safe area and clean)

Comment by Anti M on Sunday

Over Christmas there is a holiday stand down.  They can take leave, the schools sit them down as a group and walk them through putting in the request chit.  The dates are released close to the holiday.  Never try to guess and book a flight too early, more than one mom has gotten burned jumping the gun (although you can usually guess from a calendar).   Never book a flight departing before noon, the shuttles are crowded and thousands are checking out at the same time.

Thanksgiving is a federal holiday, Friday is not.  Taking leave is less common for that four day weekend.  Many do not have enough leave on the books for T-day, and Christmas, and going home after A school.  They earn 2.5 days each month, for 30 days each year.  They can't combine leave and liberty, so no juggling weekends with leave days.  They must "budget" their leave for the time off they desire most.

Comment by cuka3305 on Saturday

Do they get the opportunity during the holiday, Thanksgiving and/or Christmas to come home during A school?

Comment by Navy Nates Mom on July 15, 2014 at 7:24am
Thanks for all the info about having a car at A school. I guess I get to garage an extra car for awhile!!
Comment by Janai'sMom on July 14, 2014 at 3:14pm

Hi Navy Nates Mom and Becca,
When my daughter was at GL A School, they did not allow cars, nor did they need one. They have taxi's all the time at the entrance to the base (sailors often share cabs when going anywhere) and the Metra (train) station is right at the boot camp base. The Metra is a convenient and inexpensive way for them to get to Chicago. My sailor told me often that a car would have just been a hassle, because going anywhere they want to go is so convenient.

Comment by Anti M on July 14, 2014 at 2:27pm

Every training command may have different rules, and those can change.  Cars were allowed when I was at GLakes, but now they are not.

Comment by Pollux on July 14, 2014 at 12:53pm

They are not allowed to have  vehicles at Great Lakes, however, many will skirt around the rule by keeping them parked off base at a nearby location, as Anti M said. Not only expensive, but also not very safe as there are seedy areas of nearby towns close to the base. Plus, they will get in trouble if caught with their vehicle on base.

Comment by Navy Nates Mom on July 14, 2014 at 10:30am
Thanks Anti M.

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